An Islamic Journey Inside Europe
Part Two: Legacy of an Empire

photo gallery Photo gallery: Sylvia Poggioli's tour of Muslim Great Britain

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Muslims in Great Britain are concentrated in London, but there are sizeable Muslim populations in Birmingham and as far north as Bradford.
Map: Erik Dunham, NPR Online

Feb. 25, 2003 -- In Great Britain, the number of Muslims has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Many of the recent arrivals are from Arab nations, but most come from the Indian subcontinent -- a legacy of the now-faded British Empire.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli examines the parallel but largely segregated societies of Muslims and Europeans in London, the industrial city of Birmingham and the northern England town of Bradford, where there is a relatively large ratio of Muslims to non-Muslims.

Poggioli also tours an Islamic school for girls, interviews a female Muslim stand-up comic, a Muslim member of Parliament and the spiritual leader of London's Finsbury Mosque.

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